Susan Kenney spent over 25 years teaching fiction writing at Colby, retiring in 2007 to devote more time to her own writing. The recipient of an NEA grant in Fiction Writing, Susan is the author of In Another Country and Sailing, as well as three mysteries, Garden of Malice, Graves In Academe, and One Fell Sloop.  Susan's essays and short stories have appeared in EPOCH, The Hudson Review, McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and Family Circle, as well as numerous anthologies; her short story "Facing Front" won first prize in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards.  Her novel In Another Country won the Quality Paperback Book Club New Voices Award and was named a Notable Book of the Year by both the ALA and The New York Times Book Review; her novel Sailing was also named a NYTBR Notable Paperback of the Year.   Escape, a novella published in the Winter 2005 issue of EPOCH, was named a notable story of the year in the 2006 Pushcart Prize Awards.  Susan recently completed a mystery novella in the Roz Howard series and has another full-length mystery in progress.  She is currently working on the second in a series of three novellas beginning with Escape that will form a sequel to In Another Country and Sailing and complete her projected Skaneateles Trilogy.  She has served as a judge for the National Book Award in Fiction, as well as the Anne Spencer Lindbergh Prize awarded to the best children's/young adult fantasy novel, and is currently on the jury of the Sarah Josepha Hale Award for a distinguished body of work relating to New England.

Raised in upstate New York and Maine, Lewis Robinson is the author of the novelWater Dogs (Random House, 2009) andOfficer Friendly and Other Stories(HarperCollins, 2003), winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award.  He is a graduate of Middlebury College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.  His short fiction and essays have appeared in Sports Illustrated, Tin House, The Missouri Review, The New York Times Book Review and on NPR’s program Selected Shorts, among other places.  He has held jobs as a truck driver, fact checker, ferry deckhand, crab slaughterer, Outward Bound instructor, and scuba diver.  A recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Glenn Schaeffer Prize, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellowship, Robinson is currently serving as the writer-in-residence at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.  He and his wife and two young children live primarily in Portland, Maine, where he coaches basketball and teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Bill Roorbach writes both fiction and nonfiction, and has published a number of books, including the Flannery O'Connor Prize and O. Henry Prize winner Big Bend (University of Georgia Press, 2001), Into Woods (University of Notre Dame Press, 2003), and Temple Stream (Random House, 2005). His newest book is Life Among Giants, a novel, just published by Algonquin. The 10th anniversary edition of his craft book, Writing Life Stories (Story Press, 2008), is used in writing programs around the world. Recently, Bill was a judge on Food Network All Star Challenge, evaluating incredible Life Stories cakes made under the gun, so to speak. Bill knows nothing about cake, but he knows a lot about life stories! His work has been published in Orion,  Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, Granta, New York, and dozens of other magazines and journals. His story "Big Bend" was featured on NPR's "Selected Shorts," read by actor James Cromwell at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Bill has taught at the University of Maine at Farmington, Colby College, and Ohio State. His last academic position was the Jenks Chair in Contemporary American Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, Massachusetts. He has now left academia in order to write full time. Visit Bill at, and learn more about the new book at






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